Hey there, lovely people!
Although we have already planned our honeymoon, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about some fancy destinations just perfect for a couple retreat – all exotic, of course. Enjoy!
Cuba – a cool destination
First, you need to know that many people need a visa to go there. If you are Romanian you may find more details here.
High season: Mid November – April
Definitely on our bucket list, Cuba is a place surrounded by magic, a place where it seems that clocks stopped for decades. When in Cuba, spend a few days in colorful and unique Havana, wandering the cobbled streets in the city center for a look at local life, go on a horseback riding in Vinales Valley and float in the clearest water you’ll ever see maybe in Varadero – Cuba’s most illustrious resort town. Havana is an enchanting and captivating city, with the twists and turns of its compelling history and rich culture laid bare in the surprising diversity of its architecture and kaleidoscope of citizens. For a more fashionable activity, select a route there and go on a ride in a pretty vintage taxi. So if you love salsa, revolutionary history and the Caribbean heat, Cuba is the right spot.
Do not miss! Villa Clara northern cays – stunning white-sand beaches sit in isolated splendour at the end of a narrow causeway; Playa Pilar – one of Cuba’s most popular resorts with miles of beaches; La Plata mountain trail – if you wish to bring Cuba’s recent history to life with a day of mountain trekking to explore Fidel Castro’s revolutionary base camps; the magnificently decorative Palacio del Valle – the icing on the cake during a wander around the broad avenues of this bayside district in laidback Cienfuegos and of course an afternoon walk in picturesque Trinidad old town.
Zanzibar – the ultimate Indian Ocean experience
The Romanian citizens don’t need a visa if they want to travel to Tanzania for less than 90 days. More information here.
High season: July – September
Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. It is located in the Indian Ocean, about 25 miles from the Tanzanian coast. It is characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magic of historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa. Zanzibar’s local people are an incredible mixture of ethnic backgrounds, indicative of her colorful history. The coral reefs that surround the East Coast are rich in marine diversity, and make Zanzibar an ideal location for snorkeling and scuba diving. It’s brilliant white beaches lapped by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean provide the perfect place to relax, soak up the sun and take a break from some busy sightseeing. The beaches are a true paradise, interspersed with picturesque fishing villages, where the people live a simple way of life, unchanged over the years. Some are so peaceful and remote that the only noise breaking the silence is likely to be the ocean.
Do not miss The Rock! The restaurant rises a short distant from the shore of the beautiful Michanwi Pingwe beach. Eating at The Rock is an experience you can’t miss: colors, relish and sensations blend together in unique magic.
Hawaii – an adventurer’s dream
People going to Hawaii need to have a USA visa. More information here.
High-season: Mid-December – Mid-April
The Hawaiian islands consist of 6 mainly visited islands and much smaller atolls and islets. Each island has its own distinct character and vibe, cultural history and rare opportunities to experience. Nature lovers and landscape photographers are enchanted with this destination. For example, you can discover that the Valley of the Kings, on the Hamakua Coast, is full of sky-high waterfalls, lush green cliffs, and a mystical quality that can’t quite be described or rivaled. Almost at every waterfall you can watch rainbows forming in the mist. At Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, witness a real spectacle as fiery red lava pours, steaming, into the ocean; stare in awe at nighttime lava fireworks; and hike across the floor of a crater.
Don’t forget to watch the humpback whales in Maui, to discover the few places in the world with green sand, to hit the road to Hana on a twisting drive along the North Shore, visit Pearl Harbour and explore Kauai’s emerald green Napali Coast.
Seychelles – the honeymoon heaven
The Romanian citizens don’t need a visa if they want to travel to Tanzania for less than 90 days. More information here. With wonderful weather all year round, glorious warm temperatures and beautiful blue skies, there’s no bad time to be here.
The white sand, turquoise water, green jungles and burning sunsets make everything look surreal. On the list of the world’s most romantic destinations, the Seychelles are about as close as you can get to the top. Located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa, the cluster of 115 islands is a mix of populated ports and never-inhabited coraline islets.Travelers visit the Seychelles for the culture of its capital city of Victoria and the pristine beaches only reachable by private yacht. The largest islands and the best ones to spend some time are Mahe (where the capital Victoria is and the perfect spot for hiking lovers), Praslin – home of the Coco de Mer, an exotic plant that lead to the belief the Seychelles were the true Garden of Eden and La Digue – with the mos relaxing island vibe.
Do not miss! For those who want to discover more of its charm, the best way is to rent a car and get lost On Mahe island and plan some day trips from Praslin to the neighbouring islands: visit the amazing sea birds on Cousine Island, explore the hills and mangroves and meet giant tortoises in the wild on Curieuse, or go swimming or scuba diving around St Pierre or any one of the fantastic dive sites around the island.
Madagascar – amazingly diverse
People need a visa to go there. If you are Romanian you may find more details here. High-season: April – November
When people hear the word Madagascar they normally think of the famous animated movie and lemurs. However, this fascinating island off the southeastern coast of Africa is much more than that. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world so there is lots of unique things to see and to do since almost all of the flora and fauna on the island are unique to Madagascar. Lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, desert, hiking and diving make Madagascar a dream destination for outdoors enthusiasts. Nosy Be is Madagascar’s largest and busiest tourist resort, situated off the northwest coast. Its tropical climate and superb location make it a perfect beach resort destination. Nosy Be’s beaches are ideal for swimming as they shelve gradually, staying shallow for miles out to sea, but they are peaceful and hassle-free, with pirogues lying abandoned in the sand and shows floating past offshore. Ranomafana is one of Madagascar’s best known and most important parks where you feel the real wildlife experience.The Avenue of the Baobabs is a group of baobab trees lining the dirt road between Morondava and Belon’i Tsiribihina in the Menabe region in western Madagascar. The experience of using this road is very impressive. It’s a row of about 20 – 25 imposing Baobab trees along some 260meter (853 ft) long stretch of the road and in the nearby pastures between Morondava and Belo Tsiribihina. Its striking landscape draws travelers from around the world, making it one of the most visited locations in the region.
Do not miss! Isalo National Park, often referred as the Jurassic Park, is home to some of Madagascar’s most stunning scenery.Andasibe National Park is the most visited of the Protected Areas. This national park is actually comprises two parts: The Mantadia Park and the Analamazaotra reserve of Indri. It is a real treasure in terms of fauna, Andasibe hosts 11 species of lemurs of which the biggest , the Indri, is easily spotted because of its impressive shrieks. It cannot bear being in captivity, so it can be admired only in its natural milieu. The park also shelters several species of birds, reptiles, insects and batrachians. As for its flora, it is the luxuriant vegetation of tropical forests with several varieties of ferns, epihyts, sacred creepers, orchids and dwarf palm trees.
Hope you were inspired by my suggestions and start planning a romantic and exotic getaway. Of course there are plenty of excellent destinations worldwide, all worth visiting, but I wanted to make a short selection of some amazing wonderplaces I read about while searching for our after wedding retreat. Hope to see them all some day, but for now we have to settle for just one.
Have a great night and don’t forget that to travel is to live!
Any tips from those who have been here? And how about your dream honeymoon destination? I am waiting for your comments in the section below!